By Molly Daly
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Central Conference of American Rabbis, the main organization of Reform rabbis in North America, is convening this week in Center City. Now in its 125th year, the Conference is marking a milestone.READ MORE: Elderly Man, Woman Killed In West Philadelphia Multi-Home Fire, Police Say
Calling Rabbi Denise Eger accomplished is an understatement. She’s a noted author, human rights advocate and longtime leader in the LGBT community — the first woman and first openly gay president of the Board of Rabbis of Southern California.
Now, she assumes the presidency of the CCAR.READ MORE: Pennsylvania Lottery Generates $1.3 Billion In Sales To Benefit Seniors
“I’m the third woman, but the first openly gay one for this particular organization,” she says. “It’s a very great honor and very humbling.”
Soon, the CCAR releases a new prayer book for the High Holy Days.
“We’re really excited about the contemporary language, the weaving of poetry, the voices of women, the voices of the disabled, the voices of LGBT people — the biggest tent that you could imagine are represented in the pages of this new prayer book,” Eger says.MORE NEWS: Thursday's Storms Break Record For Most Tornadoes In Tri-State Area In Single Day
The convention runs through Wednesday at the Loews Hotel.